1815 - 1873

Charles Bye Colchester

Born at Ipswich and baptised at St Nicholas Church, Ipswich on 17 March 1815, son of Charles Cornwell Colchester (1788-1876), a substantial candle & soap manufacturer, and his wife Mary née Bye, who married at St Giles in the Fields, London in 1813. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1837, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. He married at Fakenham, Norfolk on 10 June 1843, Hester Gwyn or Gwynne (1822-1902). In 1853 he applied for a migration passport and in 1861 was a 46 year old Russian Broker living at Treat Hill, Forest Hill, Lewisham, London with his 39 year old wife Hester and kept three indoor servants, two of whom were born in Suffolk. He died at Cannes, France in 1873 and his will, which left 5,000 to Charles Edward Colchester [q.v.], was proved in London in the same year, he had no issue. The minutes of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists 1832-1840 only mention a Charles Colchester and this may have been his father Charles Cornwell Colchester [q.v.]

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